Single Fare opened earlier tonight and drew a huge crowd at the reception. The total number of works displayed clocked in at over 2000 this time around. Many artists that contributed last year did so again this year and of course, there were many newcomers. There were even a few pieces by Subway Art Blog featured artists such as Thomas McKean.
Here is a gallery of some of my favorite works from my first trip to the exhibition. These photos do not even scratch the surface. Go check out the gallery for yourself while you can!
Please note: some of the images might not be appropriate for younger audiences.
More and more artists are utilizing the MetroCard as a material to create art. The latest to come to my attention is Thomas McKean, who creates sculptures, mosaics and other interesting little trinkets out of the card.
The artist had this to say in a statement about his medium:
Usually we swipe them in a hurry as we pass through the turnstile, hoping we haven’t missed the subway. Or dip them as we enter a bus, hoping there’s still enough money on them to pay for the ride. But we barely notice them; they’re as omnipresent and invisible as pigeons. I stopped to look at them one day and haven’t looked back yet. In their limited palette, I’ve found an expanding world of images, colours, ideas. Mosaics, collages, portraits, abstracts, constructions, dioramas, combination drawing and collages, all these keep pouring forth from this little object, not much bigger than two by three inches.
McKlean has used thousands of MetroCards for his work and he says finding them is part of the experience. “Perhaps because I’m from New York, and this is my world, without setting out to, I’m creating a world from one of its iconic symbols.”
Lots more after the jump! Continue reading “MetroCard Creations by Thomas McKean”